Tracking the Turks: Week of Mar. 29-Apr. 4

Multiple Turks players heated up at the plate over the past week. Here are some of the top highlights from this week’s action. 

On the Mound

Liam McDonnell (James Madison) returned to the mound for the first time in over three weeks as he started in the Dukes’ 9-3 victory over Charleston on Saturday. McDonnell pitched five innings of two-run ball, scattering six hits and striking out three batters to earn his first win of the season.

Season stats: 1-0, 5.94 ERA, 16.2 IP, 13 K

Logan McClure (West Virginia Tech) got the start in WVU Tech’s 11-5 win over Brescia (KY), tossing 4.2 innings of shutout ball and allowing only a hit and a walk while striking out three. It was his third scoreless appearance of the season, and he was credited with the win to improve his record to 2-1 on the year.

Season stats: 1-1, 5.47 ERA, 24.2 IP, 24 K/13 BB, 0.4 HR/9

In the Batter’s Box

Jake McCaw (Illinois State) heated up at the plate over the week, hitting 8-for-17 with four RBI in five games. In Sunday’s contest against #28 Southern Illinois, McCaw went 2-for-4 with three runs driven in, including an RBI single and an RBI double to score the first three runs of the game. Illinois State won the game 14-11 and took three of four games from the Salukis. McCaw now has a five-game hitting streak.

Season stats: 21 GP/19 GS, .313 AVG, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R

Jordan Sweeney (Rutgers) had an impressive weekend, going 7-for-12 with five RBI in a three-game series against Penn State. He went 3-for-4 in Friday’s contest, and followed that up with a solo homer in Saturday’s game, scoring the team’s only run. On Sunday, Sweeney delivered the decisive blast: a go-ahead grand slam to right center in the eighth inning, giving Rutgers a 6-4 lead as they would go on to salvage a game in the series. Sweeney now has multiple hits in three of his last four games.

Season stats: 15 GP/15 GS, .317 AVG, .717 SLG, 6 HR, 22 RBI

Clay Lockett (Southern Nazarene) picked up the slack at the plate in his team’s weekend series against Northwestern Oklahoma State, homering twice in Friday’s game while collecting three hits in total. Lockett had at least one hit in each game of the series, collectively batting 6-for-8 with four walks, four runs scored, and two RBI.

Season stats: 22 GP/22 GS, .301 AVG, .589 SLG, 1.011 OPS, 5 HR, 9 RBI, 14 BB